The three main groups behind Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution” look set to form a coalition, with Yulia Tymoshenko poised to get her job back as prime minister. After nearly three months of talks, the pro-western political parties say they are willing to put their differences behind them. But not everyone is pleased.
The elections last March failed to produce an outright winner, but the pro-Russian Party of Regions won the most seats. But this was not enough to form a new government and now the new Orange grouping looks like sidelining the largest party in parliament. Viktor Yanukovich, leader of the Regions Party, says: “Such a coalition will not be lawful. The Orange team has too few votes in the chamber to survive for long”. He has predicted its collapse with history repeating itself.
President Viktor Yushchenko is now waiting to see who is to get what job in the new alliance. His previous experience of working with Tymoshenko ended abruptly when he was forced to dismiss her government after infighting and a corruption scandal.